WORSHIP 9:00 am
I read an article years ago about American POW’s in Vietnam. It was a powerful story about the will to survive in the midst of terrible and desperate situations. One reoccurring point was made by the author who had survived the nightmare was hope. He said that in order to live under those circumstances you have hope in something bigger and more powerful than one’s self.
There are many things that we can live without but hope isn’t one of them. Nothing can plunge us into the depths of despair quicker than losing all sense of hope. Hope gives us a reason to get up in the morning and the ability to keep moving ahead when things get difficult. If you have ever experienced having your hopes dashed then you understand just how the disciples felt. They had poured everything into following Jesus because they thought He was the Messiah, the hope of Israel. They left their jobs and families to be this man’s disciples. Now they are feeling the pain of seeing all their hopes and dreams nailed to a Roman cross. Despite their best efforts of returning to those lives that they had left behind, the pain just would not let go. With the dawning of the first day of the week everything is about to change. The events of this day will not only restore the disciples’ hope but it will leave them changed forever. The events of this day will revolve around an improbable central event that could only have been brought about by God.
The event gave hope to the disciples was the resurrection of Jesus. God used this event not only to restore the hope of the disciples but to fulfill the hopes of those who preceded them and to give hope for all those who would follow them. The resurrection is the central message of the Christian faith. Upon this fact the church is built and our promise of salvation is dependent. Without the resurrection there is no hope.
The writer of Hebrews says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). Those who will follow Jesus are now a people of hope. There is nothing in heaven or on earth that can overcome the hope that rose from the dead and lives in us eternally. It is true for the first disciples, it is true for POW’s, and it is true for Christ’s people today. To live in the hope of the resurrection is to live beyond the circumstances of this life.
WHY WE EXIST
Jesus said, "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it" (Mark 8:35). Those were radical words in Jesus' day and even more so now. Jesus was challenging those who would follow him to put aside the things that distracted them from impacting the world with the Good News. It is a hard thing to consider giving up everything in order to love people who may not be interested in what we believe. Trinity does not exist to preserve an institution or make sure all the rules are being kept. It exists to give everything we have toward influencing this community with the love of Christ. It will require the kind of risk and sacrifice that only Jesus can inspire. We serve with the highest privilege and greatest joy of knowing that our calling is to serve the risen Jesus Christ. That is why we exist and that is why we are called Christians.
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Trinity Lutheran (LCMS), in the vein of historic Biblical Christianity, teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, loving all sinners into a relationship with Him. At Trinity, Jesus is the centerpiece of our activities, the focal point of our Sunday worship schedule, and the object of study in our Sunday education hour. If you want to see Jesus, hear Jesus, and learn of His love for you and His desire to be connected with you, please join us any Sunday. We exist to proclaim and live God’s love in Christ, as forgiven sinners sharing God’s message of love. God offers a second chance (actually, as new starts as you need) in forgiveness and commitment with fellow sinners in need of His grace.